30 May 2004
is this funny?
I need help: can anyone tell me why "Maison du Popcorn" is a funny name for a store that sells popcorn? Is it a pun that I'm too dense to catch? This page (warning, pop-up) says it is.
Posted at 2:06 PM in category observantics.
My guess - corn is the same thing as Native American Maize?
Maize sounds line Maison? (French "s" similar to American "z"?)
Aha... interesting. That may be it. Still, is that funny?
No, I don't find it to be terribly funny. Clever, perhaps in an intellectually elitist way, but how is that good buisness? The advertising/PR department doesn't get brownie points for making the customers feel stupid. Or confused... (all this assuming I've even got the right idea...I could still be wrong)
I would have named the store "Popcorn a Cap in my Ass" That would have been funnier. Or maybe "Pop a Corn in my Ass". I've had corn in my ass before - looks the same both inbound and outbound - I bet the customers would totally relate to that.
You make an interesting point, about the corn in your ass. I was just reading that, while it may look just the same, it's really just the skin from the kernal (which is not digestable) filled with, er, "other".
Pop a corn in my ass is much funnier. The reason this came up at all is a very strange story. We were looking at a house for sale and when I looked up the address on the internet, it came up as a store called "Maison du Popcorn." At first I didn't realize that was the name of a store, and I just thought it was the cute name of the house (people do that a lot in New England -- erect a sign in front of the house reading something like, "Sea Breezes," or "Leafy Manor." I think these are the same people who name boats.) So I looked up the name and found out there are other Maisons (Maisones?) du Popcorn. And that it was supposed to be clever (per the link).
The house is a very run down colonial mansion, complete with servants' quarters, multiple fireplaces, etc. A very strange place for a popcorn store, in other words.
I'm too tired for puns, but I think Carolyn's probably right.